"I'm on a non-guaranteed contract, so I'm going in there like every day is my last," Southerland says.
The Pelicans had only 15 players on their roster during the preseason. Forward/center Arinze Onuaku and forward Lance Thomas both made the Pelicans’ team after they agreed to non-guarantee contract deals as free agents this summer.
The schedule likely won’t be released until December, but it’ll be interesting to see how difficult it gets. To be sure, the ACC will be a just bit more of a beast than the Big East was. Instead of facing growing programs like Villanova, Providence and St. John’s, the Orange now must deal with lacrosse powerhouses Duke, Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland (for a year), not to mention fellow Big East transfer Notre Dame.
He’s no stud quarterback like Tajh Boyd, but Georgia running back Josh Boyd could be a difference maker in the Syracuse backfield somewhere down the line. The Norcross (GA) High School product is having a solid senior stint in the state of Georgia’s sixth-best high school program. As a member of the 2014 recruiting class, Boyd has his services down to a two-horse race between Syracuse and Washington State.
Syracuse would need to win out and receive a lot of help to still win the ACC's Atlantic Division.
The guys take a look at the heartbreaking loss to Miami and also a peek ahead at Syracuse this coming weekend.
Scott Shafer is looking for the defensive line to band together following the loss of John Raymon, who is out for the season due to injury.
Jim Boeheim. "Just because you play zone doesn’t mean you can’t defend shooters. That’s a complete myth. Who led the Big East in field-goal percentage defense the last 10 years? We did. Because we guard that line. We just do it differently. We’ve always played it. But we change it like any defense. It’s actually gotten better. We’ve had our best defensive teams the last couple of years, probably because the coach realized to not play the other defense, but to get better at this one."
"He’s doing everything he can, and he’s very anxious to get back out there with his teammates," Wright said. "He’s in the training room every day, working with our athletic trainer, doing whatever he needs to do to get himself ready."
Altman, who is one of the stars of Bravo TV’s "Million Dollar Listing" and runs The Altman Brothers real estate agency with his brother, credits his success to the hardworking mentality he learned on the football field.
The Orange will be heavily reliant upon C.J. Fair if Syracuse is going to return the the Final Four this season. C.J. Fair averaged 14.5 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block and shot 47% from beyond the arc last season, and therefore was named ACC Preseason Player of the Year. Fair's 6'8" frame is perfect for Jim Boeheim's patented 2-3 zone, as Fair's length and quickness allow him to get in passing lanes and block shots.
Our ACC Basketball previews continue with one of the preseason favorites, and a newcomer to the league, the Syracuse Orange.
Kenny takes a look at the Syracuse men’s basketball roster for the 2013-14 season, the Orange’s first in the ACC. Also, the SU football team tries to bounce back against Wake Forest in the Dome and the Buffalo Bills try to knock the Kansas City Chiefs from the ranks of the unbeaten.